KWCH-TV Channel 12 (now KWCH-DT),
Wichita/Hutchinson, Kansas
Sign-off & SSB recorded 15 November 1986

Page created Sunday, 31 January 2021

This four-and-a-half minute video kicks off (pun IS intended) with the closing credits of a live telecast of a football game with Kansas State playing verses Arizona State at Arizona. Next up is commercials for Southwest National Bank and Federated Electronics Superstores' grand opening in Wichita. After a brief station ID/news promo comes the sign-off; for some reason the "L" in "Leader" is missing from the static graphic. The SSB is the ever-popular U.S. Navy's "Aim High America" film, but the audio is replaced by a band rendition of the National Anthem. One commenter on YouTube has opined that the band is that of the University of Kansas.

It was under the call letters KTVH that Wichita's Channel 12 commenced operations on the first of July in 1953. It was a primary CBS network affiliate, but also carried programs of the NBC, ABC and DuMont networks (it went full-time with CBS in 1955, which continues as such to the present). In 1983 Channel 12's calls were changed to KWCH-TV after new owners took over; the "-TV" suffix became "-DT" in June 2009 as the transition from analog to digital TV had completed. In 1962, Channel 12 became the flagship station of the Kansas Broadcasting System (KBS), a four-station network covering western and central Kansas which still continues today. The other three stations are KBSD-DT/6 in Ensign, KBSH-DT/7 in Hays, and KBSL-DT/10 in Goodland. Since February 2016 the four KBS stations have been owned and operated by Gray Television.

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